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Old April 10th, 2013, 10:14 AM   #41
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IT's absolutely ridiculous to run a Buenos Aires-Montevideo train!!! It just takes a lot at the map. Unless they build a billionaire bridge of the La Plata estuary, such route is completely wasteful. If they are planning the service as catering most for intermediate station, there there is ZERO need to make a U-shaped route like that. Break the service in three points, just one of them being international, and offer connections if possible.
The route NEVER was planned to be Buenos Aires-Montevideo (despite press delirant projections) and in fact all the service was not planned to transport passengers but another intent of TBA (the private company that operated the service) to obtain subsidies from Argentinian goverment, from Uruguayan goverment, try to repair tracks in Uruguay at a very expensive price or lease railcars for Montevideo suburban service. In fact, a deal was being worked but was cut when an electric train operated by TBA crashed in Buenos Aires Once station. The last train from Uruguay into Argentina ran at the last days of May, 2012 and at present the railcars are abandoned at Pilar station.

The international train started running from Pilar (at 60 km from Buenos Aires city center) to Paso de los Toros and only once a week. After 5 services to Paso de los Toros it was cut at Paysandú, and after other services (I really will need to check how many time) it was cut again to Salto in the border with Argentina. In Uruguay, as it ran only once a week, and in one way one day and two days later in the other way, was not useful for people between stations. Take into account also that tracks between Salto (km 591) and Paso de los Toros (km 273) are really in bad condition and the trip took 12 h 30. The only section with good track was that one between the international bridge and the Salto station. In Uruguay, by unknown reasons, TBA NEVER sell tickets and they ran for free...

Oh, by the way, only to the end one of the railcar was refurbished with comfortable seats and air conditioning and food machines, because before they ran with the hard regional seats of NS, so...
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Old April 11th, 2013, 05:09 AM   #42
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Doesn't South America also have an Australian-scale gauge standard problem? IIRC the Argentinian gauge is close to Iberian gauge while the Brazilian gauge is close to Cape gauge, for example...That can't exactly make international intercity service easy.
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Doesn't South America also have an Australian-scale gauge standard problem? IIRC the Argentinian gauge is close to Iberian gauge while the Brazilian gauge is close to Cape gauge, for example...That can't exactly make international intercity service easy.
It's worse than that.

Brazil has 2 haphzardly connected networks of 1000 and 1600mm, with some short dual-gauge sectors.
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